Jordan Metzler

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When I reflect back on my life, I think about the time when I worked as a volunteer youth counselor. This event in my life, I would say, has impacted me significantly. As a summer youth staff assistant working with challenged youth at Promise Camp Pittsburgh, I had the opportunity to work and gain understanding on the differences that exist in people lives.

While working as a volunteer, its impact made me realize the value of hard work, and how dedicated I needed to be if I wanted to make it in life. It also made me look at life from a different perspective in terms of some youth being less fortunate than others and not having the same privileges as I had. Also, the amount of work I did, the zero pay I received, and the enforced values that were instilled in me by my superiors also made me view life from a different perspective. My superiors helped me to understand that it was not just about me but about someone else. For the first time in my life, I was able to put someone else ahead of me. 

There was a camper who was mad at the world and was bullying all the other campers because he was jealous. He was jealous because his family was underprivileged. When my colleague and I asked him why he bullied the other campers, his response was “my mama told me she can’t afford to buy me the things I want”.

As I continue my journey through life, I will always remember that there is so much that can be learned from others. It is not the material things one has but what one has to offer to another that will make a difference in their life when they are less fortunate.